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Archived Manual Chapter: Introducing the WANJet 300 Platform
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F5® Networks WANJet® 300 platform is an appliance that delivers LAN-like application performance over the WAN. The WANJet 300 accelerates applications including file transfer, email, client-server applications, data replication, and others, resulting in predictable, fast performance for all WAN users.
The WANJet 300 platform features fault tolerance and scalability. You can incorporate the WANJet 300 seamlessly across all wide-area networks including dedicated links, frame relay, and satellite connections. The WANJet 300 platform is compliant with Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS), and meets RoHS guidelines regarding lead-free electronic equipment.
The WANJet 300 delivers excellent application performance and reduces IT expenses. Operating at Layer 5 of the OSI reference model, the WANJet 300 has full application knowledge and network awareness. The WANJet appliance integrates the key performance technologies that are applied to application streams, including Transparent Data Reduction, adaptive TCP optimization, site-to-site encryption, and quality of service.
Figure 1.1 shows the WANJet 300 platform. For details on configuring and maintaining the WANJet 300, see the WANJet® Appliance Administrator Guide.
Review the hardware requirements.
For more information about the hardware requirements, read the following sections, Components provided with the WANJet 300, following, and Peripheral hardware that you provide.
Install the WANJet 300 hardware and connect it to the network, and optionally connect the peripheral hardware.
For more information on mounting the hardware and attaching cables, see Installing the hardware.
The WANJet 300 comes with the hardware that you need for installation. However, you must also provide standard peripheral hardware, such as a serial terminal, if you want to administer the WANJet 300 directly.
When you unpack the WANJet 300, make sure that the following components, shown in Figure 1.2, are included:
Important: The power cables included with this unit are for exclusive use with this unit and should not be used with other electrical appliances.
For each WANJet 300 that you install, the configuration you want determines the peripheral hardware you need to provide:
If you want direct administrative access to the WANJet 300, you need standard input/output hardware. This requires a serial console or a PC with a serial connector. (Connect it to the WANJet 300 using the serial console cable that comes with the unit.)
You also need network hubs, switches, or concentrators to connect to the WANJet 300 network interfaces. The devices you select must be compatible with the network interface cards installed in the WANJet 300. The devices must support 10/100 Ethernet or Gigabit Ethernet.
If you want to use the Management port, you must have an administrative workstation on the same IP network as the WANJet 300.
If you plan to perform remote administration from your own PC workstation (instead of using the Management port), we recommend that you have your workstation already in place on the corporate network.
Before you begin to install the WANJet 300, quickly review the following figures that identify the controls and ports on the front and the back of the WANJet 300.
Familiarize yourself with both the front and back panels of the WANJet 300. Figure 1.3 illustrates the front of a WANJet 300. On the front of the unit, you can connect a console, connect a USB keyboard, and view the indicator lights for hard disk access.
If you have physical access to the unit, you can use the front-panel LEDs to assess the condition of the unit. For details about the behavior of the LEDs, see Understanding LED behavior.
You can use the Peer port on the front to set up a redundant system for the WANJet platform. Refer to the WANJet® Appliance Administrator Guide for details on how to set up WANJet platforms in a redundant system.
Figure 1.4 illustrates the back of a WANJet 300.
Learning about the WANJet platform
Learn about the parts of the WANJet platform. For more information, see Familiarizing yourself with the WANJet 300.
Installing the platform
Learn how to install the hardware in a rack, power it up, perform minimal configuration tasks, and connect the network cables. For more information, see Chapter 2, Installing the WANJet 300 Platform.
Using the LCD keypad
Learn about using the LCD to configure addresses. For more information, see Operating the LCD panel.
Understanding LED behavior
Learn how to decipher what conditions are signaled by the LEDs. For more information, see Understanding LED behavior.
Understanding the environmental guidelines
Learn about the environmental requirements for the WANJet 300 platform. For more information, see Chapter 4, Understanding Environmental Guidelines for the WANJet 300 Platform.
Reviewing the hardware specifications
Review the hardware specifications for the WANJet 300 platform. For more information, see Chapter 5, Reviewing Hardware Specifications.
Installing a rail-mount kit
Learn how to install a rail-mount kit into a rack so the installed WANJet 300 can slide in and out of the rack. For more information, see Appendix A, Installing the WANJet Appliance Using the Rail-Mount Kit.
 
Reviewing hazardous substance table
Review how the WANJet 300 components conform to the standards for hazardous substances controlled by China. For more information, see Appendix B, Platform-Specific Hazardous Substance Levels, for China.
WANJet 300 Appliance Quick Start Card
The WANJet hardware includes the printed WANJet® 300 Appliance Quick Start Card. This document provides basic instructions for a quick setup and initial configuration of the WANJet platform.
In addition to the documentation included with the platform, you can find comprehensive technical documentation using the following resources.
WANJet Appliance Administrator Guide
The WANJet® Appliance Administrator Guide provides all the information the administrator needs to configure and manage the WANJet appliance. It introduces the concepts of optimization, Transparent Data Reduction (TDR), Application QoS, and Connection Intercept (CI).
Release notes
Release notes for the WANJet appliance are available in HTML format on the AskF5SM Knowledge Base web site, http://support.f5.com. The release notes contain the latest information for the current version, including a list of new features and enhancements, a list of fixes, and a list of known issues.
Technical support through the World Wide Web
The F5 Networks Technical Support web site, http://support.f5.com, provides the latest release notes, technical notes, answers to frequently asked questions, updates to the guides (if available), and the AskF5SM Knowledge Base.
Online help
Context-sensitive online help provides basic information for each screen in the Configuration utility.
To help you easily identify and understand important information, our documentation uses the stylistic conventions described below.
Examples in this documentation use only private class IP addresses. When you set up the solutions we describe, you must use valid IP addresses suitable to your own network in place of our sample addresses.
When we first define a new term, we show the term in bold italic text. For example, the Configuration utility is the browser-based utility for administering the WANJet appliance.
We apply bold formatting to a variety of items to help you easily pick them out of a block of text. These items include web addresses, IP addresses, utility names, and portions of commands, such as variables and keywords. For example, to discover devices requires that you include at least one <ip_address> or an <ip_subnet> variable.
We use italic text to denote a reference to another document. In references where we provide the name of a book as well as a specific chapter or section in the book, we show the book name in bold, italic text, and the chapter/section name in italic text to help quickly differentiate the two. For example, you can find information about setting up optimization policies in the Introducing Policies chapter of the WANJet® Appliance Administrator Guide.
We show complete commands in bold Courier text. Note that we do not include the corresponding screen prompt, unless the command is shown in a figure that depicts an entire command line screen. For example, the following command shows how to trace the route of IP packets from the WANJet command line interface:
Table 1.1 explains special conventions used in command line syntax.
Indicates that the command continues on the following line, and that users should type the entire command without typing a line break.
Identifies a user-defined parameter. For example, if the command has <your name>, type your name, but do not include the angle brackets.
Means is defined as. Indicates that an argument is followed by the description of the elements that you can use for the argument.
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